If you can’t find a cottage with a private pool to suit, perhaps a cottage with a shared pool would be acceptable? Many of these are found in larger complexes and often feature facilities such as tennis courts, children’s play areas and so on.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Private or shared pool?
A private swimming pool can be the making of a family holiday: a touch of luxury and a great way for the kids to work off some energy! The property description should make it clear whether the pool is for private (exclusive use) or shared use. Some properties also offer guests the option to book private sessions within shared pools, typically a few hours private use each day.
Although several smaller properties do indeed include private pools, exclusive use pools are a more common feature with larger properties. If a private pool is essential to you, we recommend confirming that it will be for your exclusive use before booking. You can do this simply by phoning our cottages information phone line, details as above.
Indoor or outdoor / opening and operating times?
Again, the property description should make it clear whether the pool is outdoor or indoor. Outdoor pools are of course normally only available during the summer season; the property description will typically state the dates, e.g. open April to October. Some indoor covered pools also operate on such a seasonal usage.
If you are looking to use the pool during dates other than in the summer season, you should look to ensure that property description uses wording such as “…open 9am to 10pm all year.”
Heated or unheated?
The swimming pool whether it’s indoor or outdoor, may be heated or unheated, although unheated is unlikely in the UK. You should read through the information carefully to make sure that the holiday property is suitable and meets your requirements prior to placing a booking.
The size of the pool, in terms of its length, width and depth should be provided in either metres (m), or occasionally in feet (ft) and inches (in). If you prefer to work in terms of one or the other, you may find this link to a popular conversion calculator useful.
Overseas properties do not always detail the size of the pool; again the friendly folk on our cottages information phone line would be happy to find this out for you, contact details above.
Some property owners have spared no expense in making their pool areas particularly attractive to guests. Features such as a bar area, a hot tub, changing facilities with shower room, underfloor heating, sauna and sound systems may be available: again, please check the property details carefully.